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New Years Around the World

As another year comes to a close, we take this time to look both back and forward. Back at the year we have spent. Forward to the year to come. Everyone celebrates differently. For some, it’s watching the ball drop. For others, it is a late night out with friends and going home “next year”. So for us in Idaho, it’s watching a potato drop! But what about the rest of the world?

In the United Kingdom. A tall, dark, and handsome man is the first one over the threshold after midnight. So he bears gifts of bread, whiskey, coal, and salt. He throws the coal on the fire, toasts the family over bread, and wishes them a Happy New Year. He then leaves through the back door.

You may have heard the term “Chinese New Year”. This is because the people of China celebrate the New Year from the lunar calendar. It will take place sometime in mid-January or February. There is a Lion dance and feasting. Celebrations can last anywhere from 10-15 days!

New Year in France is knowns as “Jour des trennes” or “Jour de l’An”. So, just like us, they gather their friends and family and bring out the champagne!

Now, Denmark’s tradition may sound like fun to many. They collect dishes year round. On New Year’s Eve, they throw them at the front door to break them. It is thought that the more plates broken, the more friends one will have in the coming year. At midnight, they ring in the new year by jumping on chairs!

In Sri-Lanka, celebrations take on a more humble tone. Tradition includes cleaning of the house, lighting the earth, making auspicious dishes, and herbal bathing. it is also thought to be a time to strengthen family relationships.

However you celebrate the New Year, here at Express Plumbing Service we wish you and yours a safe and happy one!


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